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Spring lady's-tresses
Spiranthes vernalis
Orchidaceae
 

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Small to medium herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 4-6 inches in height; to 2 feet when in flower. Taller than broad when in flower.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern and central United States south to the Monroe County Keys; Bahamas and Mexico. Perhaps never present or extirpated in Broward County.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Pinelands, swamps and marshes.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate to low; requires moist to wet soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-summer.

Fruit: Capsule containing numerous minute seeds.


Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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